Exam Process

The purpose of the examination process is to qualify candidates for Carillonneur membership in the Guild by certifying performance proficiency, competence in musicianship and carillon technique.  The examination jury recommends successful candidates for Carillonneur membership to the voting GCNA members assembled at a General Business meeting at the current Annual Congress.

Each applicant should consider the examination process as a sincere commitment to professional growth.  The attainment of Carillonneur status should not be looked upon as an end to professional development, but rather as a beginning and/or continuation of a lifelong commitment to learning, involvement in and promotion of the goals and ideals of the GCNA.  By retaining a musical curiosity and desire to learn throughout one's career, the carillonneur will progress toward the highest standards of musicianship.

This page presents information about the examination process for the year 2012, as well as how to obtain additional information if you need it.  Check this page periodically for updates.  Some aspects of the process change from year to year, and some may change unexpectedly during the course of the process.

Master List of Required Pieces

The purpose of the Master List of Required Pieces for the Carillonneur Exam is to demonstrate the musical expectation level needed to achieve Carillonneur membership.  The exam year-specific pieces, chosen by the jury, will change annually and be announced in the Fall edition of Carillon News a year in advance.  They also appear in the year-specific requirements as presented below.  The Master List is a downloadable document (PDF, 3sKB), and it is subject to change.  The current version was posted on March 28, 2011.

Special Needs

Candidates who have special needs may submit a written request to the GCNA Examinations Chair for special accommodations to be made.  Such requests must be made by the November 1 deadline for the respective session each time a candidate applies for an examination.  The President and the Examinations Chair will consider each case individually.


2012 Examination Process

Packets of materials for the 2012 GCNA Examination to qualify for Carillonneur membership are available by downloading the following six files:

Application Fee (2012)

The application and fee of $40 (non-refundable) must be postmarked by November 2, 2011.  Each applicant must be an Associate member of the GCNA in good standing with dues paid by that date.  Those applicants who are not already Guild members must accomplish this by mailing a new membership application and fees to the GCNA Corresponding Secretary, postmarked by November 2, 2011.

Examination Dates and Deadlines (2012)

January 1, 2011 Examination packets for 2012 Exam available via download here.
November 2, 2011 Application and $40 fee mailed to chairperson, postmarked on or before this date.  No exceptions!
January 17, 2012 Eight (8) CD recordings and eight (8) copies of all scores on watermark template mailed to the chair of the exam committee, postmarked on or before this date.  No exceptions!
Jan. 25 - Mar. 29
Anonymous CD screening process by jurors.
April 2, 2012
Results of CD screening process mailed to each candidate.
May 2, 2012
Eight (8) copies of all pieces and program for Congress recital sent to the chair of the exam committee, postmarked on or before this date, if the candidate successfully passes at the CD level.
June, 2012 Examination recitals played by approved candidates at the annual Congress, at Clemson University.

Additional Information (2012)

Request more information from Pat Macoska, Examination Committee Chair (2012).

Requirements are subject to change.  All such changes will be identified with revision dates.

2013 Examination Process

Requirements for the 2013 examination process will be added to this page about January 1, 2012.